Bonenberger graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English in 2002. He served with the U.S. Army from 2005-2012 as an infantry officer. He earned a degree in Journalism from Columbia in 2014 and an MFA in Creative Fiction from SUNY Stony Brook Southampton in 2017. He has published numerous articles on the military, national security, and veterans affairs with a variety of outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Deadspin, Forbes, and others. His war memoirs, "Afghan Post," were published in 2014, and he co-edited and contributed to an anthology of original veterans fiction in 2016 titled "The Road Ahead."